Indica refers to Cannabis indica, a plant that was originally classified by Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, a French biologist, in 1785. Lamarck came up with the name to distinguish this form of cannabis from other types. Visually, indica is a bushier plant that doesn’t grow quite as tall as a sativa might. The leaves tend to have wider blades, and the flower buds are thick and dense. Buy Indica Strains Online
You may have heard the popular saying that indica will put you “in-da-couch,” illustrating the commonly held belief that indica is sedating and sativa is stimulating. However, as more research comes out about Cannabis indica and Cannabis sativa, we’re learning that there isn’t much difference between the two plant types. In fact, with molecular testing, scientists have determined there’s really only one species of cannabis: Cannabis sativa L. The reason these plants appear different from one another, and we’ve attributed certain effects to either strain, is actually because of a variety of other factors, including environment, growing conditions, terpenes, flavonoids, and cannabinoids.
Because indica, sativa, and hybrids are what we know, the cannabis industry continues to label them as such. However more cannabis connoisseurs are looking to additional factors like those mentioned above to try to predict their experience. The reality is that everyone experiences cannabis differently, so don’t be afraid to try new products, and always remember to start low and go slow.
What Are the Popular Indica Strains?
There are so many popular Indica strains available on the market, it’s hard to limit ourselves to just a handful. Some of our favorite Indica cannabis flower includes:
Purple Kush: This pure indica strain came from crossing Hindu Kush and Purple Afghani (both great strains themselves). Its earthy aromas mix with subtle sweet overtones, and it’s rich in myrcene.
Do Si Dos aka Dosi: Technically, this is a hybrid, but it’s indica-dominant so it makes the list. It’s known for its shiny trichomes and unique lime green and lavender leaves.
White Rhino: Another indica-dominant hybrid makes the list, but this one descends from cultivars sourced from, among other places, Afghanistan. Most true indica is of Afghan heritage.
Northern Lights aka NL: This reportedly smooth-to-smoke indica strain features purple flower buds that actually grow well indoors. It is popular with growers because it’s fast to flower and produces resinous buds.
Granddaddy Purple or GDP, Grand Daddy Purp, Grandaddy Purple Kush: Just one look at this hefty flower bud and you’ll know it’s indica. It smells like grape and berry and it’s deep purple bloom is the perfect background for its white resin